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NY Judges To Consider DWI Offenses Of Drunken Boaters


Drunken boaters in New York should soon face more severe punishment if they have previous convictions for driving other vehicles while intoxicated.

A law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo links penalties for boating while intoxicated with prior DWI or driving-while-ability-impaired offenses.

It takes effect in November.

Cuomo says Tuesday that drunken drivers on the water or roadways are a menace, and the law closes a loophole to help convict them as repeat offenders.

It requires a lookback for DWI convictions during the previous five or 10 years at sentencing for boating while intoxicated. The duration depends on the severity of the current offense.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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